Banking & Finance

Charter airline proposed by local entrepreneur on investment firm's radarRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Legacy Travel Club finds believer after months of fruitless fundraising locally.
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Church caught up in nightmare after life insurance scheme soursRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Lindberg Road Church of Christ in Anderson has filed for bankruptcy protection because of a failed plan to finance construction on its properties. The plan involved buying life insurance on elderly members, with the intent to sell the policies later on the secondary market.
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Rapid rise of ExactTarget uplifting for young techies

October 27, 2012
Greg Andrews
In just over a decade, the interactive marketer has rocketed from bootstrapped startup to New York Stock Exchange-listed company with a market value of $1.5 billion.
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Report tallies local government debt loadsRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new reporting requirement on local governments gives taxpayers unprecedented access to debt information, but the data is also likely to raise many questions.
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Florida payroll provider moving to Indianapolis, adding 59 jobs

October 26, 2012
Beyond Payroll LLC, which said it will add the jobs by 2106, is leasing 2,000 square feet of space in the downtown Stutz Building.
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U.S. sues Bank of America for $1B-plus in mortgage fraud

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.
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Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks sank sharply Tuesday morning, driving major indexes to their lowest point since early September, after big-name companies reported weak quarterly earnings and lowered their expectations for the rest of the year.
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Scale Computing lands $12 million in VC funding

October 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Scale Computing, a maker of data-storage devices that recently launched a “datacenter in a box,” has landed another $12 million in venture funding.
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State going after underwriter of $5M Estridge offeringRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Greg Andrews
The regulatory action is an outgrowth of a falling-out between Indiana Securities owner Frank Neese and Bank of Indiana, which lost its entire $1 million investment when The Estridge Cos. collapsed.
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Legal fees nearing $9M in Fair Finance bankruptcy

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy case and his law firm have run up legal bills approaching $9 million, nearly double the recoveries they've achieved to date for investors victimized by convicted fraudster Tim Durham.
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Lender forecloses on Uptown Business Center

October 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
A lender has filed to foreclose on the Uptown Business Center, a neighborhood retail building at the southwest corner of 49th Street and College Avenue that a local developer had hoped to use as a springboard to revitalize the intersection.
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Banks eager to loan, but small firms hold backRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana banks can tout more success in small-business lending since the recession ended, but the success is hard-won because the masses of entrepreneurs remain cautious about borrowing.
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HIATT: Political campaign puts private equity in the spotlightRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Tom Hiatt / Special to IBJ
In the current political campaign, private equity, the industry in which I have spent much of my career, finds itself in the spotlight. But in my conversations with other intelligent people, I often find they are curious about what private equity funds do.
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Retailers await decision on $7.2B 'swipe-fee' settlementRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Scott Olson
In what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, the agreement would resolve dozens of lawsuits filed by retailers against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the banks that issue their credit cards.
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Many banks still digging out from Great Recession traumaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
The following statistics reflect performance of the 10 banks with the largest market shares in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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Banks' market rankings stable despite deposit shiftsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
BMO Harris and PNC lost some deposits, but the biggest local banks by market share remained the same.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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M&I-BMO Harris changeover leaves some customers in lurch

October 10, 2012
Scott Olson
BMO Harris Bank’s expansion in Indianapolis and other markets via its acquisition of M&I Bank is off to a rocky start as many customers still are unable to access their online banking accounts.
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Judge tosses out lawsuit blasting Irwin executivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Greg Andrews
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Irwin Financial Corp.'s bankruptcy trustee, saying the only party with the right to bring suit was the bank’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It didn't do so by last month's deadline.
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T2 Systems might tap cash hoard for acquisitionsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing T2 Systems has been biding its time since scoring a $28 million equity infusion a year ago, but the maker of parking management software could soon be towing competitors out of its space.
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MainSource making most of prime downtown spotRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Part of former Borders bookstore space is marketing opportunity for Greensburg-based bank. The other half could be turned into lobby for Barnes & Thornburg.
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Creditor could take ownership of downtown Comfort Suites

October 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the hotel, an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. in Fishers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million, could own the property by the end of the year.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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Bernanke: Economy growing much too slowly to put people back to work

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a local lunch crowd that he expects the economy to keep growing, but he said the growth is so slow that it could create a "permanent group" of underemployed Americans.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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